17 Jan 2018 08:50am
WINDHOEK, 17 JAN (NAMPA) The City of Windhoek (CoW) and NamWater will provide 105 mobile water tanks to Windhoek informal settlements by early February.
In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday, the Citys acting Corporate Communications Officer, Scheifert Shigwedha said they will temporarily provide the informal settlements with potable water in response to the Hepatitis E outbreak.
The conditions of the outbreak mostly related to hygiene, in which potable water plays an important role, he said.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services announced on Tuesday that 31 people have tested positive for the Hepatitis E Virus so far.
An outbreak of the virus was declared on 14 December 2017 by the Khomas Region.
Shigwedha said they are busy with the procurement of the tanks.
He said the CoW has also collaborated with the health ministry and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to mobilise other sanitation resources such as mobile toilets, clearing of riverbeds and information on littering and the importance of hygiene.
We have people providing information and we are involving the community leaders in the spreading of information to make sure the community understands the importance of good hygiene, he said.
Shigwedha said permanent water supply and toilets will only be provided to these areas once the settlements have been formalised as part of their five-year strategic transformational plan.
He also urged people living in these settlements to be on the lookout for the removal of manhole covers from manholes.
We find that manhole covers are sometimes removed, which allows waste to contaminate water and make it unfit for consumption, he said.
Shigwedha further advised the community to report any pipe bursts to the municipality.